|Barked: Sat Sep 25, '10 7:10pm PST |
|I almost always say that Lilo is a pit bull. The way I see it is, why should I lie to people that won't matter in a day or two, anyway? Why does it matter what they think about my dog? I believe she can change opinions, but if they don't allow her to... that's their own fault. Some people will just never open their mind a bit. There's no point in lying, that's only letting them win.
That said, I do hesitate over the words "American pit bull terrier". Not because I'm afraid of their reaction... more or less because I'm preparing myself to either A) Defend my breed of choice and my dog and possibly educate or B) (if I'm having a bad day) Calmly walk away. I noticed the other day that I hesitate a bit over those words... when someone asked me what kind of dogs I have and I replied with (it's always in this order, always) "A corgi mix, a shetland sheepdog mix and... an American pit bull terrier."
Sometimes people surprise me. When a guy at Wal Mart asked me what kind of dogs I have while I was buying toys for my dogs around Christmas and I said I had a pit bull, it actually struck a conversation between me and him. (He had Akitas and also, gets rude reactions from the way his dogs look.)
(Though, for some situations, saying "Mixed Breed" where you can get away with it can be helpful. But those situations are completely different.)
ETA: Also, as I mentioned briefly above, telling the truth can sometimes lead to a chance to educate if the person is willing to listen. I have had quite a few interesting conversations where the persons opinion was changed. Why pass up the chance to educate? Teach one person something, he'll teach a friend, that friend will teach another friend... and it will be a cycle. There will be some people who listen, and some that don't... but if even one mind is changed... well, that one mind will be that much wiser.
Edited by author Sat Sep 25, '10 7:15pm PST
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